A guy stuck in the basement is the basis of a movie worth leaving the house to see.
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is a gently funny and observant comedy by Jay and Mark Duplass, the sibling writing-directing team behind "Cyrus," "Baghead" and "The Puffy Chair." This movie is about siblings who are opposites: Jeff (Jason Segel), a stoner slacker living in his mom's basement waiting for a sign from the universe, and his brother Pat (Ed Helms), a paint salesman who's a jerk to his wife (Judy Greer) and generally unlikeable. (Mom is played by Susan Sarandon, who has her own subplot going on involving a secret admirer at work.) The Duplass boys send Jeff and Pat on a low-key journey that is both amusing and touching.
The weekend's big movie, in terms of box office, will be "21 Jump Street," a profanely funny update of the '80s cop show that gave Johnny Depp his first starring vehicle. In this update, clueless rookie cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join an undercover squad that infiltrates high schools and the guys learn the old rules of high-school cliques don't apply anymore. The comedy, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who worked together on the animated "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"), neatly parodies cop movies, high-school dramas and the very idea of recycling old TV shows.